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Fashion and Authorship

Literary Production and Cultural Style from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century

Editors: Egan, Gerald (Ed.)

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  • Transhistorical study, from 18th Century to the 21st Century
  •  First collection of essays to examine the connection between fashion and authorship
  • Examines a variety of authors, from Virginia Woolf to Byron
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Studies of fashion and literature in recent decades have focused primarily on representations of clothing and dress within literary texts. But what about the author? How did he dress? What where her shopping practices and predilections? What were his alliances with modishness, stylishness, fashion? The essays in this book explore these and other questions as they look at authors from the eighteenth century through the postmodern and digital eras, cultural producers who were also men and women of fashion: Alexander Pope, Hester Thrale, Mary Robinson, Lord Byron, William Thackeray, Charlotte Bronte, Wilkie Collins, Margaret Oliphant, Virginia Woolf, Rebecca West, Trudi Kanter, Angela Carter, and Martin Margiela. The essays collected here ultimately converge upon a fundamental question: what happens to our notions of timeless literature when authorship itself is implicated in the transient and the temporary, the cycles and materials of fashion?

“Gerald Egan’s provocative introduction to this exciting new book poses a bold question: How are authorship and literature – so often linked to ideas of transcendence – implicated in the transient trends and stuff of fashion? The thirteen chapters that follow track authorship’s complex implication in the discourses and materiality of fashion and fashionable goods from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Wide-ranging in discipline and chronology, yet forensically focused and carefully argued, this book makes a striking and wonderfully original contribution to studies of authorship, celebrity and material culture.”
— Dr Jennie Batchelor, Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies,University of Kent, UK

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Gerald Egan teaches in the English Department at California State University, Long Beach. His book, Fashioning Authorship: Stylish Books of Poetic Genius, was published in 2016.

                     

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-26898-5
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  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fashion and Authorship
Book Subtitle
Literary Production and Cultural Style from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century
Editors
  • Gerald Egan
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26898-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26898-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26897-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 352
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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